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Runaway Saudi sisters get help offer from Georgia

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Two Saudi sisters who fled their country and appealed for international protection earlier this week saying their lives would be at risk if they were ...

London climate-change protesters to disrupt Heathrow Airport

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Protesters block traffic on London's Oxford Circus Thursday. The group Extinction Rebellion is calling for a week of civil disobedience against what it says is the failure to tackle the causes of climate change. | AP

Environmental protesters who have blocked London roads and bridges for more than three days said Thursday they plan to take their civil disobedience campaign to ...

‘A good day’: Trump frames victory narrative with Robert Mueller report out

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride event after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, in the East Room of the White House in Washington Thursday. | REUTERS

For nearly two years, President Donald Trump and his allies sought to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, attacking investigators’ credibility and playing down ...

Down in the polls, Ukraine leader Poroshenko begs for second chance ahead of elections

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends the Security Council meeting in Kiev Thursday. | MIKHAIL PALINCHAK/UKRAINIAN PRESIDENTIAL PRESS SERVICE / HANDOUT / VIA REUTERS

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko begged for forgiveness and a second chance Thursday as polls showed him facing all-but-certain defeat three days ahead of a presidential ...

Indiana farm’s sewer project unearths trove of mastodon bones

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Joe Schepman (right) and his son, Brad, stand with the remains of a mastodon found on their property in Seymour, Indiana, Monday. Atlas Excavating recently discovered the remains ofproperty owned by Schepman. The remains include the majority of a tusk, part of a jawbone with teeth, two upper leg bones, a vertebrae, a joint and part of the skull. | JORDAN RICHART / THE TRIBUNE / VIA AP

Workers installing sewer lines across a southern Indiana farm unearthed the fossilized bones of a mastodon that likely stood about 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall.The ...

France salutes ‘exemplary’ firefighters for saving Notre Dame

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Paris fire brigade BSPP Gen. Jean-Claude Gallet (center, left), Paris Prefect Didier Lallement (center, right), French President Emmanuel Macron (right) and the audience stand guard at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris Thursday during a tribute ceremony to BSPP's staff and other emergency workers who saved Notre Dame de Paris Cathedrale in the devastating blaze three days earlier. | AFP-JIJI

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hailed as “exemplary” hundreds of firefighters who saved Notre Dame in the devastating blaze, as efforts intensified to shore ...

Huge protest crowds seen massing again outside Sudan army HQ

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

A Sudanese protester holds a placard during a rally outside the army complex in Khartoum Thursday. Huge crowds of protesters thronged the Sudanese capital a week after the army's ouster of president Omar al-Bashir, determined to complete their revolution seeking civilian rule. | AFP-JIJI

Huge crowds of protesters massed again Thursday outside Sudan’s army headquarters, determined to seek civilian rule one week after the military ousted veteran leader Omar ...

‘You almost forget you are talking to a monarch’: U.K. scientists recall chats with Japan’s biologist Emperor

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

David Cutler (left) and Vaughan Southgate, former presidents of the Linnean Society, speak during an interview at the Linnean Society of London in February. | KYODO

Academics who have interacted with Emperor Akihito, a keen marine biologist, during his visits to Britain have paid tribute to the monarch and offered warm ...

Who owns aloha? Hawaii eyes protections for native culture

via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Healani Sonoda-Pale, chairwoman of the Ka Lahui Hawaii political action committee | AP

Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name “Aloha Poke” and wrote to cubed fish ...

Hayao Miyazaki: Universally acclaimed weaver of unforgettable anime worlds

By Matt Schley
- via The Japan Times    Apr 19, 2019

Animated movie director Hayao Miyazaki receives the Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement at the Venice Film Festival in September 2005. | AP / VIA KYODO

This is the 12th in a series on influential figures in the Heisei Era, which began in 1989 and will end when Emperor Akihito abdicates ...

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